As the Bengals get set for their preseason opener, they are already without a host of key players due to injury.
You can now add Wiliam Jackson to the list, as the starting cornerback is out tonight due to a ‘tweak,’ according to Geoff Hobson.
Jackson apparently got tweaked in practice Thursday. Believed not to be serious but Webb starts as Jackson sits— Geoff Hobson (@GeoffHobsonCin) August 10, 2019
Let’s hope this ‘tweak’ isn’t anything serious. After seeing John Ross miss the last two weeks due to hamstring ‘tightness,’ any type of practice injury that keeps a player out is going to be concerning when it comes to the Bengals.
Jackson is one of the last players the Bengals can afford to lose, as he’s become one of the league’s best young cornerbacks who looks poised to make the jump to stardom in 2019.
Making things worse is starting slot cornerback Darqueze Dennard remains on PUP as he recovers from offseason knee surgery. That’s left the Bengals with Dre Kirkpatrick, B.W. Webb, Darius Phillips and Tony McRae as the top four cornerbacks for the time being.
Here are the rest of the Bengals not expected to go tonight:
The following #Bengals are not expected to play tonight vs Kansas City:— Marisa Contipelli (@BengalsMarisa) August 10, 2019
WR John Ross
WR A.J. Green
CB Darqueze Dennard
CB William Jackson
HB Giovani Bernard
HB Joe Mixon
HB Rodney Anderson
DE Carl Lawson
OL Alex Redmond
OL Jonah Williams
TE Tyler Eifert
DT Geno Atkins
Nearly all of these players were previously expected to miss tonight with the exception of Alex Redmond, who is dealing with an undisclosed issue. He’s already set to serve a four-game suspension for PED use, so being injured is making it harder for him to remain on the roster when he’s eligible to return.